Updated September 9, 2009
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Leaking Mares Nemo Air Computers Recalled
The Italian dive gear manufacturer has recalled the Nemo Air due to "quality issue" with the O-rings on the computer's quick connector hoses. The O-ring can fail, causing a slow but continuous air loss. Mares has created a replacement O-ring and divers owning the computer can take it and the hose to a Mares dealer for a replacement O-ring -- the new one is a green color to replace the old black and brown ones. Find a dealer at www.mares.com, or call customer service at Head USA, Mares' owner, at 800-874-3236 and give them your computer's serial number.
Four Russian divers were found alive a day after currents separated them from their liveaboard; one managed to swim to shore, 60 miles from where the dive started. On August 17, a group of six divers from the M/Y Bohemia were doing a noon dive at Little Brother Island in the southern Red Sea when the four Russians went missing. When night fell, Vitaly Ivanov decided to swim and drift to shore, and was found the next afternoon 25 miles south of the town El Quesir. The three other divers were found by a search boat that evening. That's a much happier ending compared to 2007, when five Russians died in separate accidents on Red Sea dive trips.
In May 2008, divers Allyson Dalton and Richard Neely who were separated from the Pacific Star II while diving the Great Barrier Reef and spent the night in the open sea (see Undercurrent's July 2008 issue). While OzSail, the Pacific Star's owner, initially argued it was not at fault for the divers being stranded and perhaps they may have even staged their own disappearance, the courts ruled that the boat crew didn't manage their dive safety system properly. In mid-August, OzSail pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined AUD$30,000.
We've got a few cases of leftover 2009 Chapbooks, 32 to a case. We're happy to ship a case or two to any dive club if you pay the shipping. E-mail us at Pete@Undercurrent.org with your address and let us know that your check for $51 ($100 if you want two cases) is on its way. We'll trust you and send the case when we receive your e-mail. We cannot break up a case.
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Be glad you weren't diving in the Indonesian waters of Bunaken, North Sulawesi on August 16. Otherwise, you would have had to contend with 2,805 other divers who were out to set a Guinness world record for the largest group dive. We hope they minded their toilet manners.
Even if parts are covered by warranty, labor makes up most of the bill. How can you make sure you don't have to pay through the nose for a major overhaul if your regular doesn't need it? To read our September article go to Undercurrent and click on the article "Servicing Your Regulator."
If you change clothes and take a whiz in the parking lot, you're not welcome in Lions Bay, a seaside village near West Vancouver. The town council has banned nonresident divers at Kelvin Grove Beach Park, subject to $10,000 fines. An official said, "Too many divers strip down to total nudity at their cars and then urinate around the parking lot, within view of residences. Residents have many anecdotes and photographs." Glynn Miller, secretary of the Pescadero Dive Club in Vancouver, rebuts that divers keep underwear on for their drysuits and as for peeing, no bathroom facilities are supplied. "Divers aren't the only ones doing it. So do people walking dogs."
We got a lot of reader comments on Bret Gilliam's stupid diver rules blog posting - see what subscribers said in his latest blog, "Great Minds Think Alike." And Undercurrent subscriber Mel McCombie is our first "guest blogger," who wrote about Bonaire's practical secrets. Read those blog postings and more -- there were 6 more posts added in the last month with new ones added every few days. Or go to our online forum, post your questions, advise others, run your own commentary. Take advantage of the Undercurrent community at Undercurrent
MV Sea Hunter, Malpelo and Cocos Island: how the local weather affects the shark sightings . . . is it worth protesting a dive release you don't like? . . . a must-do winter dive trip off the coast of Cancun . . . how to get published in our 2010 Travelin' Divers' Chapbook . . . why police are now patrolling Grand Cayman's Stingray City . . . the worst-case scenario when a diver on an overseas liveaboard comes on board with no passport . . .thumbs down: dive operators expecting a profit on every dive . . . how you can help to stop the lionfish invasion in the Caribbean . . . and much, much more. Get the full, advertisement-free issue of Undercurrent online every month by clicking here (/4email)
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